Halloween 2019 is just a few days ahead and I don’t know about you but I’m far away from the Halloween spirit. Maybe it’s because the sun is shining so bright as I’m typing this. Maybe because I was shopping in just my shirt today cuz it’s so hot outside. It could be because there are Christmas decorations already in the shopping malls. Maybe it’s because the beginning of September felt more like Halloween than October does. Maybe it’s because I’m behind on binge-watching of Netflix Halloween movies. Or could be because I’m just getting old.
It’s natural and it’s not only Halloween that feels off. Birthdays feel odd and don’t let me start with Christmas.
I don’t think we can ever get back the true childish excitement of the holiday but we can try.
Let’s start up with the movies to help you get into the Halloween spirit with Netflix.
My number one got to be The Nightmare before Christmas.
The long-life dilemma: is it a Halloween movie or is it a Christmas movie?
My solution is: watch it twice a year. Once before Halloween and once at Christmas time.
Seriously it’s like a personal tradition of mine for as long I can remember. No matter if I watch it alone or force my sisters or roommates to watch it with me. The Nightmare Before Christmas truly gets you there.
Jack Skellington is a Halloween icon with the merch all over. Solid costume idea as well because of how easy it is to recreate.
I believe we could add basically any other Tim Burton movie to the list of Halloween spirit movies. From Corpse Bride, Sweeny Todd, Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice to the Dark shadows or Frankenweenie. All over the years, Tim Burton has been supplying us with a great number of easy Halloween movies.
To follow up with the easy lightly scary movies or cartoons let’s add Casper movie up there. It’s a classy Halloween movie every kid had to watch and it’s up on Netflix now.
Another sort of kids Halloween movies got to be Coraline. Sometimes those cartoon movies are even creepier than a proper horror movie. Caroline is directed by the same guy who did the Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick and it’s based on Neil Gaiman’s book and I’m sure that says a lot about the movie.
There are several Netflix original TV shows that will get you into the Halloween spirit.
The obvious choice got to be the most famous Stranger things. The best part is that it has 3 seasons now and working on another one to keep you preoccupied for a while. My thoughts on the show are described in Stranger things season 3 gets personal.
Another Netflix original show you got to watch this Halloween is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Witch season is here and Sabrina is the perfect witch for that. It’s still one of those shows that will keep you entertained and spooked but not freaked out.
The whole concept of scary movies is so subjective, just like almost everything else.
Netflix offers classic horror movies like The Shining, Blair witch, The conjuring, The ritual, Paranormal activity, Annabelle or IT, or many more. Basically, any horror genre you can think of Netflix got it. I have watched most of them but…
I’m not a fan of horror movies.
How could I be? I’m a young girl from a small town who just moved to a big city, to her apartment at the edge of the city where she lives alone and doesn’t know her neighbors.
I’m a cliche.
The only thing I enjoy about a horror movie is watching it with my friends and lightening the mood.
I remember watching horror movies at my all-girls dormitory. Six of us would curl up on 2 beds under lots of blankets and watch the small notebook screen. We would turn off the lights and get way too many snacks for a movie. Usually, we would get so freaked up we would end under the covers with just the bravest of us reading the subtitles out loud and describing what was happening. The other girls would scare the living shit out of us when they would open the door in the middle of some really scary scene. I remember great laughs from watching horror movies and I’ll always associate horror movies with fond friends time.
Speaking of horror movies to watch with friends I believe the classic still reminds everyone of the Scary movies or Zombieland. There is nothing like watching an ironically bad movie with a bunch of friends. October 2019 besides Joker movie belongs to Zombieland 2 which’s been released 10 years from the first one. Now in cinemas.
So dim out your lights, grab some blankets and snacks and dig into the hole of Netflix.
Let’s keep the Halloween spirit alive even though adult life is much much scarier than all of the spooky movies combined.
Side note – different countries Netflix offers a different selection of shows and movies. I just hope you have the best ones available.